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Volume 37, Number 7
August 2004

WLA conference reminder

The Wyoming Library Association invites you to "Get Jazzed" at its 2004 annual conference at the Holiday Inn in Rock Springs. Pre-conference events start Oct.13, conference offerings are on Oct. 14-15, and post-conference sessions take place on Oct. 16. A block of rooms is reserved at the Holiday Inn at the rate of $65 for up to four persons per room. Register at 307/382-9200 by Sept. 24 for the block rate. More information is available on the WLA Web site at http://www.wyla.org/2004conference/

Park County Library Director resigns

Arlene Ott has stepped down as director of the Park County Library System. The library board accepted her resignation on July 22. Board members are developing a search committee to fill the director's position. Cody branch manager Joe Ermer has been named acting interim director. Ermer has established a management team of himself, Janet Meury in Powell and Diane Chapman in Meeteetse.

Ott served as director for nearly four years, helping to plan for future capital improvements to the library system. Under her direction, the library budget grew from roughly $554,000 in 2000 to $946,000 in 2004. Budget increases included money for higher employee salaries and computer equipment upgrades.

Merged calendars

The Wyoming Libraries Planning Calendar at http://will.state.wy.us:5630/wyldco is a good site to bookmark and check often to keep abreast of upcoming library events. WSL merged two existing calendars -- the WYLD calendar for consortium conference calls and the continuing education calendar - so that Wyoming librarians could access one site for state and regional training and continuing education opportunities, WYLD events and other dates, such as grant deadlines, to help in planning. Add or edit events by clicking on the date.

A little library humor

Unshelved Comic

We have decided to add Unshelved, the world's only daily comic strip set in a public library to the Outrider. Writer Gene Ambaum and co-writer and artist Bill Barnes have been publishing since 2002. Some of the stories are made up, some of them are based on real life, and some are absolutely true stories sent to them by their readers. And they say the stranger the story, the more likely it is to be true. Watch each month for a new comic strip. To access their website, go to www.unshelved.com.

Directory update

This is a final reminder: the deadline for updates to the 2004 Wyoming Libraries Directory is August 31. Please place your orders for copies of the directory at that time so we can determine how many we need for the print run. If you cannot locate your proof pages, you may find them at http://will.state.wy.us/slpub/directory.html. Email any changes to svitti@state.wy.us or mail them to WSL, Publications Office, Attn: Susan Vittitow, 2301 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne WY 82002. We hope to have the directories ready for the Wyoming Library Association meeting in October.

Many thanks go to those libraries that have responded promptly. If you access the online directory at http://cowgirl.state.wy.us/directory/, your changes may not appear there yet. We are working on the print directory updates first, and will update the online directory once that is completed and at the printer. Please direct any questions to Susan Vittitow at 307/777-5915 or svitti@state.wy.us

Center for the Book updates

WSL could also use your help on another online directory: the Wyoming Authors Database at http://cowgirl.state.wy.us/wywriters/. We've added some fields for additional information including biographical information and author Web sites. Please take a minute and look at the authors with whom you are familiar - we could use your help making sure the information is accurate. Please email any corrections to Susan Vittitow at svitti@state.wy.us

Letters About Literature '05 is coming up soon, inviting Wyoming students to read, react and write back to their favorite authors. Guidelines will be sent to libraries, schools and last year's participants in September, to coincide with the beginning of the school year. Guidelines may be obtained by request at any time from the Wyoming Center for the Book at the Wyoming State Library, 2301 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne WY 82002 or by phone at 307/777-5915 or email at svitti@state.wy.us.

Reading at Risk?

A recent National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored report shows a decline in literary reading among Americans. The report, "Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America," can be found on the NEA Web page at http://www.arts.gov:591/pub/index.html.. Mike Shay at the Wyoming Arts Council is interested in hearing ideas to increase literary reading and reverse the descent into aliteracy and illiteracy. Libraries are at the forefront of reading promotion, so send your ideas to him at mshay@state.wy.us.

AROUND THE STATE

Linda Herget, Cheyenne Central High School's library technician, is graduating from Emporia State University Aug. 28 with the degree of Master of Library Science. Congratulations to Linda for all her hard work and dedication.

Laramie County Library System was featured in a Wyoming Tribune-Eagle photo for their "Read to Rover" program to encourage kids to read. LCLS brought in several therapy dogs, and the children read to them. Also this year, the library sponsored "Paws for Reading" as part of its summer reading program, where money was donated to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter for each 10 books the kids read. Perhaps "going to the dogs" is not such a bad thing at the library.

First Interstate Bank donated $30,000 to the Sheridan Fulmer County Public Library renovation project. The library's foundation is leading a $2.1 million capital campaign to remodel the library. Improvements will include new parking, additional meeting spaces, improved checkout and reference areas and updates to the children's library.

Lincoln County Library System's central library provided an extra incentive to its Summer Reading participants this year, through a partnership with the Kemmerer Rotary Club. Each child who completed summer reading had a book purchased in their honor for the children's library. Each book has a bookplate that acknowledges the young reader and the Kemmerer Rotary Club.

The Wyoming Community Foundation awarded Crook County Library Foundation $6,000 for the library's computer upgrade project through the McMurry Library Donor Advised Endowment Fund. This grant supports Crook County's continuing effort to provide its patrons access to up-to-date computers and WYLD's electronic resources.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Target grants: http://target.com/target_group/community_giving/grant_guidelines.jhtml

Target reading program: http://target.com/ready_sit_read/read_to_child.jhtml

The application booklet for the Wyoming Arts Council's "quick grant" programs is now available by going to http://www.wyomingartscouncil.org and clicking on the icon. Applicants can now apply for more money in Tumblewords and Arts Across Wyoming. The new poet laureate, David Romtvedt, continues on the roster so you can bring him to your community with a Tumblewords grant.

The 2005 Scholastic Library/Grolier National Library Week Grant will award $5,000 to a single library for the best public awareness campaign during National Library Week (April 10-16, 2005) that uses the National Library Week 2005 theme of "Something for everyone @ your library." Application form and guidelines are available at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/nlwgrant or from the ALA Public Information Office at 800/545-2433, ext. 4020; email: mhumphrey@ala.org. Application deadline is October 18, 2004. The winner will be notified the first week in January and announced at the 2005 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and its publishing imprint Grolier.

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